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General Views of Macau As Casino Revenue Falls 32% While China Curbs Hit VIP Gaming

China’s New Yuan Index: Here’s What The Market Needs To Know

A new currency index in China is causing a stir as policy makers seek to refocus the market’s attention away from the Chinese yuan’s moves versus the US dollar and instead compare performance against a wider selection of peers.

  • 16 December 2015
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    Market Turmoil Won’t Deter Fed Rate Hike: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Last week’s volatility in the markets, highlighted by further implosions in the high-yield and energy segments, won’t deter the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates on Wednesday. But the turmoil complicates the central bank’s communications challenge, particularly the need to wrap the hike in heavily conditional and responsive packaging.

  • 16 December 2015
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    Never Mind US$35, The World’s Cheapest Oil Is Already Close To US$20

    As oil crashed through $35 a barrel in New York, some producers were already living with the reality of much lower prices.

  • 15 December 2015
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    No Near-Term Upside For China Stock Market, Says Lygh Hedge Fund

    China’s stock market won’t see much upside during the first half of next year as the nation’s reforms of initial public offerings will spur a new supply of shares, and earnings growth will remain subdued, according to Singapore-base fund manager Lygh Capital Pte.

  • 11 December 2015
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    El-Erian: 3 Conclusions from the November Jobs Report

    The jobs report for November released Friday doesn’t just make it a near-certainty that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates later this month. The data also further confirm the divergence in the policies of the Fed and the European Central Bank. And they highlight the cyclical and structural complexities facing the U.S. economy, which will require the Fed to pursue the loosest tightening cycle in its modern history

  • 10 December 2015
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    Justin Fox: China’s Consumers Have a Long Way to Go

    The Chinese growth miracle of the past few decades has been driven by investing and exporting, not consumer spending. Lately, though, we’re hearing a lot about a “great rebalancing” in which domestic buyers of cars, phones, clothes, health-care and other consumer goods and services come to play a much bigger role in China’s economy.

  • 08 December 2015
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    Bloomberg: 3 Reasons Why Credit Suisse Turns Bearish on Equities

    It’s been just a few weeks since Credit Suisse released its 2016 forecast for the S&P 500, and already the bank is downgrading it.

  • 04 December 2015
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    General Views Of Shanghai As China's Lingering Deflation Risks Offer Room For More Easing

    China Bears Who Foresaw The Crash Are Back With Record ETF Short

    US short sellers are piling on bets against Chinese equities at the fastest pace since the height of the nation’s stock-market bubble in August 2015.

  • 02 December 2015
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    Would You Raise Interest Rates If You Were The Fed’s Chief?

    For this morning’s column, I want you to engage in a little thought experiment. Based on the e-mails readers have sent, many of you figure the Dec. 15-16 Federal Open Market Committee meeting is a no-brainer and that the central bank will raise its benchmark interest rate.

  • 01 December 2015
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    HSBC’s King Says China Holds The Key To An Oil Rebound

    The jury’s still out on whether last year’s oil slump was a deliberate Saudi move, aimed at killing U.S. shale production. Whatever the case, engineering a rebound won’t be as simple, says HSBC Holding Plc’s Senior Economic Adviser Stephen King.

  • 26 November 2015
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    Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. and Founder Jack Ma As Company Files for U.S. Initial Public Offering of E-Commerce Giant

    Jack Ma To Buy South China Morning Post

    Jack Ma likes to make quick decisions quickly, as befits a billionaire Internet mogul operating in a world that changes at warp speed. Perhaps too quickly, sometimes.

  • 24 November 2015
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    Oil Approaching US$40, Don’t Get Burned Like The Speculators

    Hedge funds have turned more pessimistic on oil as prices flirted with US$40 a barrel for the first time since August.

  • 18 November 2015
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    New Chinese 100-Yuan Banknotes As New Design Goes Into Circulation

    What’s Next For The Yuan After Joining The IMF’s Currency Club?

    The Chinese yuan is set to join the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) exclusive club of reserve currencies, with the fund’s staff supporting its inclusion after months of persuasion and policy changes by China. So, what’s next?

  • 17 November 2015
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    U.S. Stocks Fall Amid Rate Concerns As Commodity Shares Tumble

    U.S. stocks fell the most in six weeks as a rout in commodities pressured energy and raw-materials providers while investors braced for the first rise in interest rates since 2006.

  • 13 November 2015
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    Alibaba Singles’ Day Sales Reach $14.3 Billion, Smashing Record

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. logged a record 91.2 billion yuan ($14.3 billion) in sales on Singles’ Day, turning a sweethearts’ holiday dreamed up two decades ago into a major online shopping event.

  • 12 November 2015
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    Goldman: These Are Our Two Favorite Sectors in the S&P 500 Right Now

    There are two things to buy ahead of a rate hike, the banks suggests—information technology and financial stocks.

  • 04 November 2015
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    Hong Kong Exchanges And Clearing Ltd. CEO Charles Li Attends Full Year Earnings News Conference

    Hong Kong’s Stock Rally Seen Too Good to Last as Volume Fades

    The Hang Seng Index’s 8.6 percent surge in October came on the lowest trading volume since February. Chinese investors sold more shares in the city than they bought, and small-caps were the worst-performing part of the market.

  • 03 November 2015
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    China Scrapping One-Child Rule ‘Too Little, Too Late’ For Growth

    For all the historical significance of China’s decision to abandon its one-child policy, the move risks falling well short of reversing a trend that threatens to throttle economic growth.

  • 30 October 2015
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    Bloomberg: An Investor’s Guide To Fees & Expenses

    It’s ridiculously hard for investors to figure out what they should be paying for financial advice, mutual funds, and retirement plans. A fee that eats up 1 percent of your assets every year might not sound like much, but it sucks money from your account year after year. If you invest $10,000 and earn 5 percent a year, that 1 percent fee will cost you a total of $1,487 after 10 years and $4,622 after 20 years. How do you know if you’re paying too much?

  • 30 October 2015
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    Early Forecasts Show China Economy Stabilizing in October

    With a preliminary reading of the manufacturing industry scrapped this month by Markit Economics and Caixin Media, analysts must search a bit harder for the pulse of the world’s second-largest economy. Early signs suggest stabilization.

  • 28 October 2015
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    ‘Bottomed Out’ Alibaba Set for Best Month After Post-IPO Crash

    Alibaba Group Holding (Alibaba) looks like it may be bottoming out after suffering the worst post-IPO crash ever

  • 27 October 2015
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    General Images Of China Economy Ahead Of Purchasing Managers Index Data

    Shaky Chinese Economy May Get More Stimulus

    China’s economy is relying on the shaky pillar of financial services, making more stimulus likely.

  • 21 October 2015
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    Beware Hasty Predictions of Fed’s Next Move: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    The fragility of the global economy, weakening conditions in the U.S. and recent statements from some Federal Reserve officials have led to a growing acceptance that the central bank won’t raise interest rates this year.

  • 21 October 2015
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    Amazon Lost China, Again

    Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer. It keeps trying to make a go of it in the world’s largest online retail market, China. It keeps falling flat.

  • 13 October 2015
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    Gross, Seeing Stocks Plunging Another 10%, Urges Flight To Cash

    Bill Gross, who in January predicted that many asset classes would end the year lower, said US equities have another 10 percent to fall and investors should sit out the current volatility in cash.

  • 08 October 2015
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    Gary Shilling: Short-sell Commodities Amidst Perpetual Decline

    As commodity prices continue to fall, bankruptcies among producers and industry consolidation will no doubt accelerate. Suppliers of farm, mining and construction equipment are already troubled. With this onslaught, it’s no surprise that Glencore, the huge Swiss company that dominates global commodities markets, lost a third of its value in a single day last week.

  • 08 October 2015
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    We Just Got the Perfect Snapshot of the Global Economy

    If you want to understand what’s happening with the global economy right now, then all you need to do is look at some of the data that came out in the last 24 hours.

  • 02 October 2015
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    China Beige Book Says Pessimism ‘Thoroughly Divorced From Facts’

    China’s economy is not as weak as it may look, according to a private survey from a New York-based research group that says it’s a myth the nation’s slowdown is intensifying.

  • 23 September 2015
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    Fed Officials Make Case For 2015 Liftoff After September Hold

    Three Federal Reserve policy makers argued on Saturday for lifting the central bank’s key interest rate before year-end, countering bets by many traders that the Fed will wait until 2016.

  • 21 September 2015
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    7 Reasons Why Feds Are Indecisive; Dissecting Rate-Hike Hype: El. Erian

    Let’s take a deep breath: It shouldn’t matter that much whether the Federal Reserve decides this week to raise interest rates by 25 basis points, or possibly even less. And the prospect of an increase certainly shouldn’t produce dire warnings about another “Lehman moment” that would lead to global economic and financial calamity.

  • 17 September 2015
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    Mobius To Beijing: Quit Fighting The Market And Let Stocks Fall

    Mark Mobius, Tom DeMark and George Magnus – world-renowned forecasters who view markets through three very different lenses – are all finding common ground with their predictions that Chinese shares have further to drop.

  • 08 September 2015
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    Job Market Pick Up; Rate Hike Imminent: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Federal Reserve officials could be in a jam as they prepare for their Sept. 15-16 policy meeting: The growing divergence between the relatively healthy U.S. economy and the turbulence elsewhere is complicating their deliberations over whether to begin a rate-raising campaign immediately or delay any action until December or beyond.

  • 04 September 2015
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    Market Turmoil Might Make It The Ideal Time For September Rate Hike

    A number of sell-side economists have pushed back their estimates of when the Federal Reserve will deliver its first interest rate hike in light of the chaos in global markets.

  • 03 September 2015
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    Trade Or Invest, Choose One, Not Both: Barry Ritholtz

    It is an old cliche because it’s true: Trader’s should never let a bad trade turn into an investment; investors should never try to trade in and out or time the markets.

  • 03 September 2015
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    Is the Bull Market Over: Barry Ritholtz

    Is the bull market, which started after the lows of early 2009, coming to an end? Let’s have a look at some data, as well as the arguments pro and con, to see if we can find any insight. In particular, I want to look at the latest economic, corporate and market issues to see what we might learn.

  • 31 August 2015
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    Currency Exchange Bureaus As China Roils Markets For Second Day As Yuan Tumbles With Stocks

    Could China’s Yuan Devaluation Spark A New Financial Crisis?

    Asia’s biggest economy is slowing, the Federal Reserve is about to kick off an interest rate tightening cycle, and China has just devalued its currency.

  • 27 August 2015
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    DeMark Says Chinese Stocks Are At Make-Or-Break Inflection Point

    Tom DeMark, who predicted this month’s selloff in Chinese stocks, said the Shanghai Composite Index may extend its decline by 13 percent should it stay below a critical technical level on Wednesday.

  • 26 August 2015
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    Why the Fed Is Wishy-Washy on Rate Timing: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Yesterday’s highly anticipated release of the Federal Reserve minutes of last month’s policy-making meeting did little to answer decisively the question on the minds of many market participants: whether the Fed will raise interest rates in September, the first increase in more than nine years. The minutes didn’t necessarily reflect a Fed that wishes to keep its cards close to its chest. Instead, they were an indication of the analytical complexity of the situation facing the central bank.

  • 25 August 2015
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    China Devaluation Sparks Gold Buying Everywhere — Except China

    After last week’s surprise yuan devaluation investors everywhere were eager to buy gold as a haven. Everywhere, that is, except in China.

  • 19 August 2015
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    Is Apple a Meaningful Stock Market Indicator?: Barry Ritholtz

    With the stock markets down almost (OMG!) 5 percent from their all-time highs, lots of folks are looking for signs that the bull is dying, if not dead. One of the more portentous omens is the recent decline and volatility of Apple’s stock.

  • 19 August 2015
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    Maybe China’s Government Doesn’t Have a Master Plan: Justin Fox

    As a long-time consumer of economic commentary about China, I can probably recite the basic narrative underpinning most of it in my sleep: Yes, China’s economy faces challenge X. But the government has a plan for getting past it, the People’s Bank of China has many tools at its disposal and, hey, look at that $3.7 trillion in foreign exchange reserves!

  • 16 August 2015
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    An Optimistic Way to Look at China’s Devaluation: William Pesek

    PHOTOGRAPHER: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES China’s surprise devaluation is sure to stir up fear and loathing among the world’s economic populists. (Keep your eyes on Donald Trump’s Twitter account.) But the move deserves praise, not condemnation.  It might even prove a boon for world growth. Beijing spent much of the last year propping up the yuan [...]

  • 14 August 2015
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    William Pesek: 1990s Come Back to Haunt Malaysia

    Malaysia’s ongoing currency crash has many causes: a worsening global outlook, plunging commodity prices and, of course, the political scandal enveloping Prime Minister Najib Razak. But the real culprit is the year 1997.

  • 13 August 2015
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    China Devalues Yuan By Most In Two Decades To Combat Slowdown

    China devalued the Chinese yuan by the most in two decades, ending a four-month peg to the dollar that had battered exporters and undermined the government’s pledge to boost the role of market pricing in Asia’s largest economy.

  • 12 August 2015
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    How Wealthy Is Everyone Who Isn’t Rich?

    We are in short fascinated with other people’s wealth. What about the rest of the income strata? As it turns out, there is a fascinating story there as well. It may not be as glitzy and luxe as the Billionaires Index, but it is a tale of gradual improvement. So says a recent data analysis on the Global Middle Class by the Pew Research Center.

  • 12 August 2015
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    in Singapore, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

    Singapore Trims Growth Forecast After GDP Fell Last Quarter

    Singapore slashed the upper end of its growth forecast for 2015 after the economy shrank last quarter, signaling a softened outlook even as the government prepares for a general election.

  • 11 August 2015
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    China’s Market Intervention Can’t Continue Like This: Bloomberg

    Having put their credibility on the line by propping up the stock market, Chinese officials may now think they have little choice but to keep pouring resources into equities: Fears that the government might ease up are what seem to have sparked the rout earlier this week.

  • 06 August 2015
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    Chinese Airlines Benefit as Oil Prices Fall to Six-Month Low

    After many airlines were burned because of slumping fuel prices in 2008 and 2009, Chinese carriers stopped hedging their fuel purchases — even when prices soared above US$100 a barrel. Now they’re having the last laugh.

  • 05 August 2015
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    China’s Headaches Are the Fed’s, Too

    It’s time to call Beijing’s aggressive stock-market intervention what it really is: quantitative-easing, Chinese style.

  • 31 July 2015
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    Images Of DBS Group Ahead Of Second-Quarter Results

    DBS’s Quarterly Profit Increases 15% On Interest, Fee Income

    DBS Group Holdings, Southeast Asia’s largest bank, posted a 15 percent gain in second-quarter profit as its net interest margin rose to a three-year high and fee income climbed to a record.

  • 30 July 2015
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    Time Value of Money Enhances BP Profit: Mark Gilbert

    Few institutions understand the time value of money as well as the world’s major oil companies. Spending billions of dollars digging holes in the ground in the hope of finding enough black gold to make a profit in the following decades means taking a long view of what a dollar is worth now versus what its value might be years hence. And that, in turn, helps explain why BP shares are rising today even after the company reported its worst profit in at least a decade.

  • 30 July 2015
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    Oil Bulls Flee at Fastest Pace in Three Years as Glut Expands

    Speculators’ conviction that oil will rally weakened at the fastest pace in three years, just before futures tumbled into a bear market.

  • 28 July 2015
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    Here’s What’s Really Driving the Commodity Index Lower

    Clearly it hasn’t been commodities’ week, month or year. But focusing on the worst-performers doesn’t tell the full story.

  • 23 July 2015
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    World’s Wildest Stock Market Submits to Communist Party Rule

    (Bloomberg) – It took three weeks of unprecedented government intervention, but Chinese authorities have finally managed to subdue the world’s wildest stock market.

  • 22 July 2015
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    History Shows Iran Could Surprise the Oil Market

    Iran could restore oil production halted by sanctions faster than anyone anticipates if the history of previous shutdowns is any guide.

  • 20 July 2015
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    China’s Been Hoarding Gold And It Isn’t Likely to Stop

    With China finally coming clean that it’s been the second-biggest buyer of gold over the past six years, analysts and traders say the purchases will continue.

  • 20 July 2015
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    Five Things Wall Street Strategists Are Watching During Earnings

    With companies making up about 75 percent of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s market value scheduled to report results over the next three weeks, here’s what Wall Street strategists are paying special attention to.

  • 15 July 2015
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    Why Big Oil Deals Are Ready For An Explosion, In Three Charts

    Not so long ago, Hong Kong was regularly dismissed as a financial backwater — not just internationally, but even within China. Many pundits started writing the city’s obituary when Jack Ma, CEO of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, rejected listing his company in Hong Kong, in favor of New York. And as Shanghai’s stocks skyrocketed in recent months, it seemed to confirm Hong Kong’s obsolescence.

  • 15 July 2015
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    Singapore Banker Faces Uphill Battle In Boosting Singapore Exchange Trading

    Singapore Exchange’s new CEO, Loh Boon Chye, will need to summon management skills honed over more than two decades in international banking to revive the market and appease Singapore’s brokers, who say SGX’s top executives neglected domestic equity trading.

  • 14 July 2015
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    European Leaders And Finance Ministers Attend Emergency Greek Summit

    Greece Given 72 Hours to Win Trust by Passing Bailout Laws

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was given three days to push new austerity measures through parliament and keep alive Greece’s chances of staying in the euro.

  • 13 July 2015
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    China’s Stocks Cap Biggest Gain Since 2009 as Volatility Surges

    China’s benchmark stock index capped the biggest gain since 2009 in volatile trading as the government battled to restore investor confidence in a market that lost US$3.9 trillion in less than a month.

  • 10 July 2015
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    Asian Stocks Jump With China Rebounding From Three-Month Low

    Asian stocks advanced, with the regional benchmark index rebounding from its biggest decline in two years, as Chinese equities rose in volatile trading after the government ramped up measures to stem the equity rout.

  • 09 July 2015
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    Hong Kong Stocks Sink Most Since ’11 on China, Greece Double Hit

    Hong Kong stocks sank toward their steepest drop since 2011 amid speculation Chinese investors were shifting money out of the city’s market and as Greece’s rejection of austerity measures spurred equity declines across Asia.

  • 06 July 2015
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    Is This The Beginning Of The End For Chinese Stocks? Here’s What 11 Top Analysts Have To Say

    After rallying more than 150 percent in the year through 12 June, it took just five trading days for the Shanghai Composite Index to enter a correction, and five more for the bear market to form.

  • 01 July 2015
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    With $21 Trillion, China’s Savers Are Set to Change the World

    Few events will be as significant for the world in the next 15 years as China opening its capital borders, a shift that economists and regulators across the world are now starting to grapple with. With China’s leadership aiming to scale back the role of investment in the domestic economy, the nation’s surfeit of savings [...]

  • 26 June 2015
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    China Isn’t Done Growing Yet

    Stein’s Law, named for former Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Herbert Stein, states that “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” That’s as true in economic growth as anywhere. Time and again we’ve seen a poor country grow fast as it industrializes, only to slow. This is predicted in every growth model. A poor country can move workers from the countryside to the city, mobilize savings to build up lots of capital, and cheaply mimic foreign technology.

  • 25 June 2015
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    The World’s Biggest Economies Are About to Feel the Impact of China’s Slowdown

    U.S., Japanese and German exporters did better, supplying capital goods like machines that China still demanded. That may soon change, according to a study of global exposure to China by UBS Group AG economists Donna Kwok, Wang Tao and Jennifer Zhong.

  • 24 June 2015
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    China Buyouts Exceeding $23 Billion Leave Investors Unfulfilled

    China’s largest online matchmaking site has surged 60 percent since its founder offered to take it private. Shareholder Peter Halesworth feels entitled to more.

  • 23 June 2015
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    Stand Back: China’s Bubble Will Burst

    Singapore, which I’m visiting at the moment, opens your mind to the highly improbable. Rich, ethnically diverse, cheerfully efficient, globalized in the extreme, it’s a man-made economic miracle — astonishing proof of what market forces combined with superb top-down direction can achieve.

  • 23 June 2015
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    Stock Boom Chokes China’s Reform Plan

    In the past 12 months, China’s stock boom has created $6.5 trillion, equivalent to more than two-and- a-half times the U.K. economy. That sum could fund 65 Asian Infrastructure Investment Banks, buy Apple eight times or rid South Korea of its household debt problem seven times over. It amounts to the greatest stock rally in history.

  • 22 June 2015
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    Expect Fed to Favor a September Rate Hike: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee’s meeting this week will be particularly notable if central bank officials signal Wednesday that they are inclined to embark on a new interest rate cycle in September, raising floored policy rates for the first time since 2006.

  • 18 June 2015
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    The 4,200% Rally That’s Bringing Tech Stocks Back To China

    In the 55 trading days since Shong took Baofeng public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Beijing Baofeng Technology Co, the developer of online video players has jumped 4,208 percent.

  • 17 June 2015
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    Janet Yellen Gives Asia the Jitters: William Pesek

    Janet Yellen probably doesn’t think about Bangkok, Jakarta or Manila very often — the Federal Reserve chair has enough to worry about in Washington. But as she continues to ponder hiking interest rates, the frenetic selloffs in stock markets on the other side of the world should give her pause.

  • 17 June 2015
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    Hong Kong Is Embracing China’s Bubble

    Bill Gross of Janus Capital says his next great short trade may be Chinese stocks. With the Shenzhen and Shanghai markets up another 9 percent this week, it’s not hard to understand why. But the investment guru might want to consider betting against Hong Kong, too, given that city’s continued courting of high-volume traders from mainland China.

  • 16 June 2015
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    The One Chinese Stock Good Enough For The Man Who Taught Buffett

    It could be the last big bargain left in the world’s highest-flying equity market — the only stock in China cheap enough for the father of value investing.

  • 15 June 2015
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    Chinese Shares Close Down On Tuesday

    MSCI Defers China Inclusion, Opts To Work With Regulator

    MSCI Inc held off from adding China’s mainland stocks to its benchmark indexes, opting to work with the nation’s securities regulator to overcome remaining obstacles such as investor quotas and ease of access.

  • 11 June 2015
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    A Former Pessimist On Why The Bull Market Isn’t Dead Yet

    Are fears about the stock market’s valuation justified or is the market climbing a wall of worry? If it was a burning question back in December 2012, when Richard Bernstein, a former chief investment strategist at Merrill Lynch and now strategist at his eponymous advisory business, issued his well-known report with his answer, it’s a raging conflagration today.

  • 11 June 2015
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    China’s Stock Market Has A Wile E. Coyote Moment

    Shanghai’s stock market just experienced a Wile E. Coyote moment. For weeks, investors had been chasing higher and higher returns. On Wednesday, however, they suddenly looked down to find their road had disappeared.

  • 10 June 2015
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    China Needs A Grown-Up Central Bank

    Zhou Xiaochuan is governor of the People’s Bank of China. But among some financial types, he’s earning another, less enviable title: the killer of weekends.

  • 09 June 2015
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    A Report Card For Asia’s Would-Be Reformers

    One year ago, after Narendra Modi’s election as prime minister of India, I explored how Asia’s biggest economies were suddenly in the hands of leaders pledging huge economic reforms. Like Modi, Japan’s Shinzo Abe and China’s Xi Jinping were promising to deliver big changes. How have things fared since then for Asia’s “Axis of Reform”?

  • 08 June 2015
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    Peter Lynch Secret To Finding Value Sees Little In S&P 500

    For Peter Lynch, the legendary Fidelity Investments fund manager who returned almost 30 percent a year in the 1980s, the key to success in stocks was buying growth at a reasonable price.

  • 04 June 2015
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    Easiest Way to Cash in on China’s Stock Rally Is to Do Nothing

    The best way to make money in China’s booming stock market has been, well, to do nothing.

  • 28 May 2015
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    Man Who Brought Down Barings Bank Warns on China

    Twenty years after bringing down a major British bank, Nick Leeson is sounding alarm bells about China. Unless the country reforms its stock markets, he warns, it’s only a matter of time until his earlier disaster repeats itself on a larger scale.

  • 27 May 2015
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    Mohamed El-Erian: What the Fed Minutes Tell Us

    Here are seven takeaways from the minutes of the April 28-29 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee released Wednesday.

  • 25 May 2015
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    GLP Seeks To Double US Assets After IndCor Buy From Blackstone

    Global Logistic Properties (GLP), the biggest modern warehouse operator in China, will look to double assets it manages in the US after its first warehouse acquisition in the country from The Blackstone Group.

  • 21 May 2015
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    Which Stock Market Is Scarier: U.S. or China?

    It’s scary stock-market ratio day! Bloomberg’s Lu Wang and Jennifer Kaplan point out that economist James Tobin’s Q ratio — companies’ market value divided by the replacement cost of their assets — is higher for U.S. companies “than any time other than the Internet bubble and the 1929 peak.”

  • 20 May 2015
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    Ezion Sued In Singapore By Partner Over Maersk Plot Claim

    Ezion Holdings was sued by a partner which accused the Singapore-based offshore service provider of a conspiracy to induce an AP Moeller-Maersk A/S unit to breach charter agreements. Ezion’s stock fell.

  • 19 May 2015
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    Apple Could Make Money by Bailing Out Greece

    That Apple should buy Greece with all the useless cash it has on hand is just a joke that won’t go away. Yet it’s true that, if big American corporations and European politicians had any imagination, they could probably engineer a bailout for the nearly bankrupt country on terms that would benefit everyone.

  • 19 May 2015
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    William Pesek: Don’t Buy Alibaba’s Success Story

    From Tokyo to Mumbai, there’s been plenty of anxious chatter recently about how China’s bull market — which turned 883 days old this week — may have finally run its course. At the end of Asian trading on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index had fallen 8.2 percent in three days, its worst performance since mid-2013.

  • 18 May 2015
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    Rebound in Oil Markets Could Prove Lasting

    As Brent crude oil reached more than $68 per barrel Wednesday, a high for 2015, analysts started to backtrack on earlier predictions of $40-$50 oil. The rebound, however, may not last: Speculators appear to have disrupted Saudi Arabia’s strategic game against U.S. shale oil producers.

  • 11 May 2015
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    Yellen: Stock Valutations Are Quite High Now

    U.S. stocks tumbled with the dollar after data on jobs and productivity added to concern economic growth is not robust enough to withstand higher interest rates. Oil rose.

  • 08 May 2015
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    Inside OCBC And Wing Hang Bank Ltd. Bank Branches Following Acquisition By OCBC

    OCBC Profit Beats Estimates As Hong Kong Unit Bolsters Loans

    Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), Southeast Asia’s second-largest bank, posted a higher-than-estimated 11 percent gain in first-quarter profit as it absorbed loans and deposits from the Hong Kong unit it acquired last year.

  • 07 May 2015
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    Fed Triggers Bank Flight From Emerging Markets: Mark Whitehouse

    As the Federal Reserve gradually ends its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the U.S. economy, there is increasing concern about the potential for repercussions in faraway places – particularly in emerging markets. To judge from the recent behavior of global banks, those repercussions are already happening.

  • 06 May 2015
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    Keep Those Bull-Market Expectations in Check: Barry Ritholtz

    During the past few years, I have referred to market breadth as one of the more important metrics of the stock market’s health. As we close in on new highs in the cumulative advance-decline line, it is time to revisit this internal indicator.

  • 29 April 2015
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    How Stock-Market Bubbles Steal From the Future: Barry Ritholtz

    On 23 April 2015, we discussed why the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index has gone sideways for the past few months. The prime suspects were rich valuations, earnings crimped by falling energy prices and higher returns to be had overseas.

  • 28 April 2015
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    DBS Posts Record Profit On Interest Income, Property Sale

    DBS Group Holdings, Southeast Asia’s largest lender, posted first-quarter profit that beat analysts’ forecasts on higher net interest income and a one-time gain from selling a property investment in Hong Kong.

  • 27 April 2015
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    Hong Kong Exchanges And Clearing Ltd. CEO Charles Li Attends Full Year Earnings News Conference

    The Only Way Is Up for Analysts Revising Hong Kong Targets

    As Hong Kong’s stock analysts rush to play catch-up to the city’s world-beating rally, their only question is how far the gains will go.

  • 22 April 2015
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    Stock Markets in Hong Kong and Japan Get Bubbly: William Pesek

    It’s only April, but 2015 already seems to be the year of the Asian stock bubble. In addition to mainland China’s bubbly markets, the region is dealing with two other equity booms that don’t jibe with economic fundamentals.

  • 17 April 2015
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    Lee Kuan Yew, Founding Prime Minister of Singapore, Dies at 91

    Lee Kuan Yew, who helped transform Singapore from a colonial trading center into one of Asia’s most prosperous nations, has died. He was 91.

  • 23 March 2015
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    Lee Kuan Yew’s Economic Miracle

    If there’s such a thing as “Asian capitalism,” its spark, smartest proponent and most controversial symbol was the founder of the region’s smallest country: Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, who died Monday at age 91. #RememberingLKY

  • 23 March 2015
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    China Lowers Growth Goal To About 7% As Li Flags Challenges

    China set the lowest economic growth target in more than 15 years and flagged increasing headwinds as leaders tackle the side effects of a generation-long expansion that spurred corruption, fueled debt and hurt the environment.

  • 12 March 2015
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    How Alibaba’s U.S. IPO Got the Company Ordered Out of Taiwan

    Taiwan wants to kick Alibaba.com out because it’s Chinese. Of course, everybody has known since its inception that Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce operator, is Chinese.

  • 05 March 2015
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    Singapore Regulator To Review Iceberg Report On Noble

    Singapore’s financial regulator said it’s assessing a report by Iceberg Research that alleged accounting irregularities at Noble Group.

  • 26 February 2015
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    Get Ready For $10 Oil – A. Gary Shilling

    At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20.  Here’s why. 

  • 17 February 2015
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    Inside The Singapore Exchange Ltd. As Chief Executive Officer Magnus Karlsson Bocker Announces Second-Quarter Results

    Singapore Exchange CEO Bocker Boosts China Focus As Global Links Expand

    Singapore Exchange (SGX), Southeast Asia’s biggest bourse, will hire more people in China as it seeks to sell more of its products in Asia’s largest equities market, chief executive officer Magnus Bocker said.

  • 05 February 2015
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    Public And Private Residential Properties Ahead Of Second-Quarter GDP Figures

    Singapore Empty Homes May Climb To Highest Since 1998

    Sam King had a pleasant surprise when the lease on his Singapore apartment came up for renewal late last year. For the first time in six years, King was able to negotiate a lower rent with his landlord.

  • 22 January 2015
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    Switzerland Ambushes Everyone Before QE: Mark Gilbert

    In a shock move, the Swiss central bank said it would not be pegging the Swiss franc against the Euro. Cue the knee jerk reactions as the shock spread from New York to New Zealand. Find out why the Swiss did what they did and what is going to happen next.

  • 16 January 2015
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    Standard Chartered CEO Record Cuts Aim to Silence Critics

    The firm will reduce its headcount in Malaysia by 11 percent this quarter, with cuts stretching across areas including marketing and consumer operations, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

  • 08 January 2015
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    10 Facts of Investing Life Worth Learning: Noah Smith

    Motley Fool writer Morgan Housel recently came up with an impressive list of 122 investing aphorisms that distill the wisdom he has gleaned from years of writing about markets and the financial industry. Most are either insights into human psychology or historical facts and figures. Almost all of them, in my humble opinion, are good advice.

  • 02 January 2015
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    Yellen Makes It Clear That Fed’s Patience On Rates Has Limits

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen restored clarity to the central bank’s monetary policy plans, saying it was on course to raise interest rates, though not right away, after officials issued a statement that some Fed-watchers found confusing.

  • 24 December 2014
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    Deflation Stalking Many Nations as Oil Takes Toll: Mark Gilbert

    Plenty of people are alarmed by the prospect of deflation, which can snuff out growth by making consumers reluctant to spend and companies unwilling to invest.

  • 19 December 2014
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    Asia Needs to Prepare for a Possible China Crash: William Pesek

    As China’s first full year of rebalancing draws to close, how has President Xi Jinping done? Reasonably well, it seems. Next year, however, Xi’s team will have to get to the hard stuff: taming an opaque, unwieldy financial system.

  • 18 December 2014
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    China Trade Surplus Climbs To Record As Imports Drop On Oil

    China’s trade surplus climbed to a record in November after an unexpected decline in imports on lower crude oil and other commodity prices.

  • 11 December 2014
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    Emerging Markets Mock the Pessimists – Jim O’Neill

    Remember how this time last year a lot of analysts were predicting that 2014 would be a bad year for emerging markets? Didn’t really happen, did it? Now I hear economists saying the reckoning they’d expected has only been postponed. It’ll happen next year instead. It’s possible, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • 04 December 2014
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    Genting Singapore Plc Reports Earnings

    Genting Outlook Boosts Bets Against the House: Southeast Asia

    Analysts are the least optimistic about Genting Singapore in a year as slumping casino revenue from high-rollers curbs earnings prospects for the second-worst performing stock on the city’s benchmark gauge.

  • 27 November 2014
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    Philippine President Benigno Aquino Inaugurates Petron Corp. Gas Station

    Malaysia Scraps Fuel Subsidies As Najib Ends Decades-Old Policy

    Malaysia will abolish subsidies for gasoline and diesel starting from December as falling oil prices provide Prime Minister Najib Razak the opportunity to end a decades-old policy of cheap fuel.

  • 27 November 2014
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    China’s Cautious Monetary Stimulus Suggests More to Come: Bloomberg View

    China’s central bank startled investors last week with an unexpected cut in its benchmark interest rates. The markets, as usual, overreacted. Nonetheless, the cut draws attention to a genuinely difficult problem for the global economy: what to do about China’s fading and unbalanced expansion.

  • 27 November 2014
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    China’s Hong Kong Money Train Is on Slow Track: William Pesek

    ast week looked to be ending on a downbeat note as the much-heralded launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock exchange link seemed to have fizzled. Rather than rush to bet directly on China’s growth story for the first time, investors bought up less than a quarter of the link’s stock quotas.

  • 25 November 2014
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    China Deftly Changes the Subject in Hong Kong: William Pesek

    Some might conclude that this link is all China’s gain. After all, speculation has already turned to how much Beijing will increase the daily flow of investment into China’s underperforming bourses. But this is Hong Kong’s payday, too.

  • 17 November 2014
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    Views Of Kuala Lumpur As Malaysia's Sovereign Wealth Fund Said To Consider Privatizing Malaysian Air

    Malaysia Holds Rate To Support Expansion As Price Pressures Grow

    Malaysia kept its benchmark interest rate steady for a second meeting to support growth as a cut in fuel subsidies threatens private consumption and adds to inflationary pressures.

  • 13 November 2014
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    First Day Of Trading Of The Lunar New Year at The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx)

    China’s Missing Bourse Link Puts Brokers In Limbo As Bets Fizzle

    Andy Maynard, the global head of trading and execution at CLSA, had expected to be making his first trades through the Hong Kong-Shanghai exchange link by now.

  • 30 October 2014
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    Malaysia Targets 6% Growth As Inflation Seen Curbing Spending

    Malaysia raised its growth forecast for 2014 and predicts government expenditure will support the expansion next year as subsidy cuts and a new consumption tax curb private spending.

  • 16 October 2014
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    Occupy Hong Kong Protest Kicks Off Early After Police Clashes

    Hong Kong Stocks Losing Premium Over Shanghai Market On Protests

    Hong Kong’s biggest political unrest since the 1960s is wiping out the valuation premium of the city’s stocks over their Shanghai counterparts.

  • 02 October 2014
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    Key Speakers At The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Of The New Champions 2014

    Li’s Options Narrow As China Slowdown Threatens Target

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s options have narrowed: stimulate or miss his 2014 growth target.

  • 18 September 2014
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    Hong Kong Seeks Debate On Dual-Class Shares After Losing Alibaba

    Hong Kong’s stock exchange is seeking views on loosening shareholder voting rules that spurred Alibaba Group Holding to choose the US for what may be the world’s biggest initial public offering (IPO) this year.

  • 04 September 2014
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    OCBC Seeks US$2.7b Via Rights Issue After Wing Hang Bid

    Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), Southeast Asia’s second-largest lender by assets, plans to raise $3.37 billion (US$2.7 billion) by offering shares to existing holders after its acquisition of Hong Kong’s Wing Hang Bank.

  • 21 August 2014
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    GIC Holds 30th Anniversary Conference & Dinner

    GIC More Positive On Emerging Markets On Growth Prospects

    GIC, manager of more than US$100 billion of Singapore’s reserves, said it’s more positive on emerging markets, citing growing middle classes, valuations and the progress of reforms.

  • 07 August 2014
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    Malaysian Airlines And Views of Kuala Lumpur Airport As Second Air Disaster Mourned

    Malaysian Air Likely Near End Of Days As Publicly Traded Company

    Malaysian Airline System, reeling from its second disaster in four months, is likely near the end of its days as a publicly traded company.

  • 23 July 2014
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    SapuraKencana Plans Mexican Expansion To Tap Growth In Americas

    SapuraKencana Petroleum, Malaysia’s biggest listed oil and gas services company by market value, is seeking to expand operations in Mexico as it taps growth in the Americas.

  • 09 July 2014
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    General Images Of China Economy Ahead Of Purchasing Managers Index Data

    China Credit: Property Flops Seen As US$33b In Trusts Due

    Chinese property trusts face record repayments next year as the real-estate market cools, fuelling speculation among bond funds that more developers will collapse.

  • 25 June 2014
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    China’s PBOC Details Reserve Ratio Cut Aimed At Regional Lenders

    China’s central bank announced a 0.5 percentage point cut in reserve requirements for some banks, giving details of a policy move aimed at supporting smaller companies and agriculture.

  • 12 June 2014
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    Singapore Opens Bus Market To More Competition To Cut Wait Times

    Singapore is opening its bus services to more competitors in the second half to boost services and cut consumer waiting times.

  • 29 May 2014
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    Tumble In Fuel Sales Adds To Evidence Of China Slowdown

    Declining demand for ship fuel in Singapore, the merchant fleet’s biggest refuelling hub, is signalling weakening prospects for a rebound in Chinese growth.

  • 15 May 2014
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    Crisis Gauges Fall As Li Seen Limiting Default Fallout: China Credit

    China’s credit-market gauges show improving risk appetite as the government demonstrates its ability to limit fallout on banks and the economy from defaults.

  • 30 April 2014
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    US As Global Growth Engine Putt-Putts Instead Of Purring

    The US is resuming its role as an engine of global growth, this time one that just putt-putts along instead of purring. As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) declares the strengthening US economy is providing a “major impulse” to the world, economists are questioning just how powerful it will prove to be.

  • 16 April 2014
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    General Views Of A Wing Hang Bank Ltd. Branch As OCBC In Exclusive Talks For Takeover

    OCBC Bids US$5b In Biggest HK Bank Offer Since 2001

    Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation offered HK$38.4 billion (US$5 billion) to buy Wing Hang Bank in the biggest takeover of a Hong Kong lender since 2001 to gain a foothold in the expanding Chinese financial hub.

  • 03 April 2014
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    Olam Buyout Caps 55% Rally As Short-Seller Block Praises Change

    Olam International, the Singapore-based commodities trader that short-seller Carson Block has said is worthless, just got a lot more valuable.
    Olam rose 12 percent to $2.23 on 14 March after Breedens Investments, a unit of Temasek Holdings, offered that much for the publicly held equity.

  • 21 March 2014
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    China Fishery Facing Downgrade Risk As Anchovy Buy Boosts Debt

    China Fishery Group, the biggest anchovy-quota holder in Peru following its acquisition of Oslo-listed Copeinca ASA, may be downgraded after the buyout sent its debt levels soaring.
    The Hong Kong-based company is seeking to refinance about US$355 million bridge loan which part-funded the purchase and is due to be repaid at the end of the month, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

  • 07 March 2014
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    China Record Credit Growth Boosts Outlook for Economy in 2014

    Record new credit in China in January will help the economy maintain momentum while highlighting challenges for officials trying to limit the risk of financial turbulence from defaults and bad loans.

  • 21 February 2014
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    Abe Doomsday Risk Prompts Moody’s Warning on JGBs

    Moody’s Investors Service says Japan’s biggest banks need to cut bond holdings and boost loans to protect their balance sheets from potential losses should Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus spur yield surges.

  • 06 February 2014
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    Views Of Tanjong Pagar Port And Tuas Area In Singapore

    Singapore’s Exports Recovery Limited By Worker Shortage

    Alcotec Precision Engineering owner Colin Kua turned down almost a third of his customers’ orders last year as he grappled with Singapore’s labour shortage. This year may be tougher. “In the future it may be worse – to venture out to other countries may be the only solution,” said Kua, who had to cut the number of foreign employees making items from sockets to semiconductors by half as the government tightened the inflow of overseas workers.

  • 16 January 2014
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    General Views Of Singapore As Monetary Authority Expects Growth To Remain "Moderately Positive"

    Baring To Schroders Avoid Singapore After Slump

    Schroders and Baring Asset Management are avoiding Singapore stocks, the cheapest in Southeast Asia, as slower economic growth in the region and cuts to US Federal Reserve (Fed) stimulus drive capital outflows.

  • 02 January 2014
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    EU Banks Shrink Assets By US$1.1t As Capital Ratios Rise

    European Union banks have shed more than US$1.1 trillion of assets since the end of 2011 in a shift away from risky investments such as asset-backed debt as regulators push lenders to shore up their balance sheets.

  • 19 December 2013
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    Scoot To Tiger Air Forge Ventures On Asia Travel Growth

    Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) budget carrier Scoot and Tiger Airways Holdings (Tiger Air) formed partnerships in Taiwan, Thailand and India as demand for budget travel grows across Asia.

  • 19 December 2013
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    Jean-Claude Trichet Lays Cornerstone For New ECB   Headquarters

    Europe Just Really Does Not Like Ratings Agencies

    One worry that people have about ratings agencies is that they have conflicts of interest in which they are paid by bond issuers to rate bonds, so they have incentives to give bonds — particularly those of frequent and high-paying issuers — high ratings.

  • 05 December 2013
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    Bernanke Sees Low Interest Rates Long After Bond Buying Ends

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the labour market has shown “meaningful improvement” since the start of the central bank’s bond-buying programme and that the benchmark interest rate will probably stay low long after the purchases end.

  • 22 November 2013
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    China Leadership Pledges Expansion Of Economic Freedoms

    In the biggest expansion of economic freedoms since at least the 1990s, China’s leaders vowed to expand farmers’ land rights, loosen the one-child policy and encourage private investment in state businesses.

  • 21 November 2013
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    BOJ Struggles To Convince On 2% As Abenomics Shine Dims

    Half a year after Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda unleashed record monetary easing, economists see the bank failing to meet its inflation target, underscoring the case for stronger steps to revive the economy.

  • 07 November 2013
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    Li Ka-Shing Watson Spinoff May Bring Biggest Asia IPO in 3 Years

    Billionaire Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa is considering selling shares in its A.S. Watson Group retailing unit in what may become Asia’s biggest initial public offering in three years.

  • 24 October 2013
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    Twitter’s Valuation Seen Exceeding US$20 Billion After IPO

    Twitter’s user growth is slowing and it shows no sign of turning a profit. Some fund managers say that is not going to stop the microblogging service’s US$12.8 billion valuation from treading higher. Much higher.

  • 11 October 2013
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    Palm Oil Stockpiles Expanding Adds To Record Supply

    Record inventories of palm in Indonesia, the largest producer, will add to the biggest global supply of vegetable oils in history, driving down costs for makers of everything from food to fuel to soap. Indonesian stockpiles of the most-used oil derived from crops will rise 66 percent to 3 million metric tons by the end [...]

  • 27 September 2013
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    BlackRock’s Kapito Says Emerging Markets Offer Opportunities

    Emerging markets offer good buying opportunities for long-term investors as economies globally improve, Robert Kapito, co-founder and president of BlackRock, said.

  • 13 September 2013
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    Singapore Cuts Trade Outlook As China Slowdown Caps Recovery

    Singapore lowered its forecast for exports this year as a slowing expansion in China crimps demand for the nation’s goods, even as services helped the economy grow more than initially estimated last quarter.

  • 16 August 2013
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    Keppel Seeks New Non-Rig Orders For Brazil Yards

    It was a good fortnight for the global markets with the Dow Jones industrial Average (DJIA) at record territories while most other global indices, including key Asian indices, are fighting to emulate the performance of their US counterpart.

  • 26 July 2013
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    Best-Ranked Bank OCBC Cautions On China Crunch

    Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), Southeast Asia’s second-largest lender, says banks doing business in China will have to be more prudent with liquidity to weather any future crises. The credit crunch that started in mid-June is temporary and caught some lenders by surprise, OCBC chief executive officer (CEO) Samuel N. Tsien, 58, said in a Bloomberg [...]

  • 12 July 2013
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    Li’s Cash Squeeze Risks Miss Of China Growth Target

    China’s biggest squeeze on credit in at least a decade is increasing the chance that Li Keqiang will be the first premier to miss an annual growth target since the Asian financial crisis in 1998.

  • 28 June 2013
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    AirAsia X To Raise Up To US$370m In IPO To Fund Growth

    AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Asia’s biggest budget carrier, plans to raise up to US$370 million through an initial public offering in Malaysia to fund its expansion amid a surge in travel demand.

  • 14 June 2013
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    China Leaders Signal Slowdown Tolerance As Shift Planned

    China’s President Xi Jinping signaled a tolerance for slower expansion to avoid environmental degradation as policy makers outlined plans for the private sector to take a bigger role in boosting growth.

  • 31 May 2013
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    Malaysia Growth Seen Over 5% For Longest Run Since 2008

    With Prime Minister Najib Razak’s election victory this month poised to unleash delayed investment projects, economists at banks from Australia & New Zealand Banking Group to Credit Suisse Group AG predict an acceleration in coming quarters.

  • 17 May 2013
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    China Industrial Companies’ Profit Growth Slows as Economy Cools

    Growth in Chinese industrial companies’ profits slowed in March, adding to evidence the nation’s economic recovery is losing steam.

  • 03 May 2013
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    Ex-Soros Adviser Says BOJ’s Bet On Massive Easing Will Backfire

    The Bank of Japan’s “huge bet” by boosting quantitative easing won’t turn the economy around and is instead sending the nation toward default, said former adviser to billionaire investor George Soros.

  • 19 April 2013
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    China Manufacturing Expands At Faster Pace, PMI Gauges Show

    China’s manufacturing expanded at a faster pace last month, indicating a recovery in the world’s second-largest economy is sustaining momentum.

  • 05 April 2013
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    China Benchmark Index Falls Most In Two Years On Property Curbs

    China’s stocks plunged, dragging down the CSI 300 Index by the most in two years, after the government ordered more measures to cool property prices and growth in the nation’s services industries slowed.

  • 08 March 2013
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    China Stocks Fall Most In Month, Led By Cement, Property Shares

    China’s stocks fell the most in a month after valuations for the benchmark index climbed to the highest level in 17 months and on concern the government may introduce measures to curb property prices next month.

  • 22 February 2013
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    Abe Predicts Bump In Tax Revenue As Japan Emerges From Recession

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government predicts that tax revenue will exceed cash raised from bond sales for the first time in four years as the nation’s economy emerges from last year’s recession.

  • 01 February 2013
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    Goldman Sachs Buying Japan’s Exporters, Banks On Abe Policy Bet

    “The new government has an understanding of the impending danger and a sense of urgency about boosting the Japanese economy. We’re finally going to see an end to Japan’s deflation and a strong yen.”

  • 04 January 2013
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    Budget Delay Until January Seen Aiding Both Parties In Congress

    Budget Delay Until January Seen Aiding Both Parties In Congress

    Republicans and Democrats in the US Congress are starting to talk about the benefits of waiting until January to reach a budget deal, even as House Speaker John Boehner signals openness to allowing tax rates to rise for millionaires.

  • 21 December 2012
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    Charoen Said To Seek Additional 10% Stake In F&N From Funds

    Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi tried to buy a stake of about 10 percent in Fraser & Neave (F&N) for $9.60 a share from at least two funds as he competes for control of the Singapore company, said three people with knowledge of the matter.

  • 21 December 2012
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    China Seen Keeping Growth Target As Manufacturing Gains

    China may maintain its annual economic growth target at 7.5 percent next year in a sign the new leadership headed by Xi Jinping won’t tolerate a bigger slowdown from the lowest goal since 2004.

  • 07 December 2012
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    Could 18th Century’s ‘Sinking Fund’ Solve Fiscal Cliff?

    As President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans seek to resolve the so-called fiscal cliff, the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled for next year, a mutually agreeable solution is lurking in an unexpected place: the 18th century.

  • 23 November 2012
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    China Manufacturing Expands For First Time In Three Months

    China’s manufacturing expanded for the first time in three months in October, adding to signs growth in the world’s second-biggest economy is rebounding after a seven-quarter slowdown.

  • 09 November 2012
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    Palm Oil Purchases By China Seen Climbing After Slump In Prices

    Palm oil imports by China, the world’s biggest buyer after India, may be more than estimated two months ago as a price decline spurs purchases.

  • 25 October 2012
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    Japan Exports Tumble 10% As Maehara Presses BOJ To Ease: Economy

    Japan’s exports fell the most since the aftermath of last year’s earthquake as a global slowdown, the yen’s strength and a dispute with China increase the odds of a contraction in the world’s third-largest economy.

  • 25 October 2012
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    IMF Sees Alarming Risk Of Deeper Slump In Global Growth

    The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts as the Euro area’s debt crisis intensifies and warned of even slower expansion unless officials in the US and Europe address threats to their economies.

  • 12 October 2012
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    Singapore Inflation Slows, Increasing Scope For Monetary Easing

    Singapore’s inflation slowed for a second month in August, increasing the central bank’s scope to ease monetary policy and bolster growth.

  • 28 September 2012
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    Highest Junk Yields Spur Best Of BRICs Performance: China Credit

    Chinese companies’ US dollar-denominated junk bonds have gone from worst to first among the biggest developing economies as global monetary easing fuels demand for the highest-yielding assets.

  • 14 September 2012
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    Singapore Sees Taxes Rising On Social Spending As Nation Ages

    Singapore will need to raise taxes in the next two decades as the government boosts social spending to support an aging population, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said as he proposed measures to boost the country’s birth rate.

  • 31 August 2012
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    Blink! US Debt Just Grew By US$11 Trillion

    When fully retired, 78 million baby boomers will collect, on average, more than 85 percent of per-capita gross domestic product (US$40,000 in today’s dollars) in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Each passing year brings these outlays one year closer, which raises their present value.

  • 17 August 2012
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    Central Banks’ Unorthodox Actions Are Cutting Lending

    The unintended consequences of financial policy intervention are providing fresh evidence for chaos theory’s idea that the flap of a butterfly’s wings can spark a tornado on the other side of the world.

  • 06 August 2012
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    Starhub Rolls Out 4G Amid iPhone Craze

    StarHub, Singapore’s second-largest phone company, will roll out a faster network at key business centers as more people use smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone to browse the Internet and watch videos.

  • 23 July 2012
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    Libor Banks Must Come Clean, Pay Up, Avoid Legal Disaster

    The scandal over the manipulation of Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate) has the potential to become one of the most costly and consequential in the history of banking.

  • 23 July 2012
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    Fed’s Hawks, Doves Fight ‘Civil War’ Over Stimulus, Blinder Says

    Federal Reserve (Fed) policy makers are fighting a “civil war” over how best to boost the faltering US economy, Princeton University economist Alan Blinder said.

  • 06 July 2012
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    Genting, Lim Units Boost Stake In Echo Entertainment To 9.9%

    Companies linked to Genting and its chairman Lim Kok Thay increased their stake in Echo Entertainment Group, the operator of Sydney’s only casino, to almost match that of billionaire James Packer.

  • 22 June 2012
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    Developing Economies Warn Of Damage From Basel, Volcker Rules

    Global regulators are being urged by some developing countries to amend plans that would force banks to boost their capital and liquid assets, expressing concerns the measures may harm their economies.

  • 22 June 2012
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    Growth In US Service Industries Was Little Changed In May

    Growth In US Service Industries Was Little Changed In May

    Service industries in the United States expanded in May at about the same pace as the prior month, a sign the US is failing to gain momentum as employment slows and the European crisis intensifies.

  • 08 June 2012
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    Banks Cut Cross-Border Lending By Most Since Lehman, BIS Says

    Global banks scaled back cross-border lending to companies, governments and each other at the fastest rate since 2008 in the final quarter of last year, with lenders based in the Euro area leading the way.

  • 08 June 2012
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    Welcome A Shareholder Spring That Holds Bosses To Account

    Recent weeks have seen what some are calling a “shareholder spring” in the US and Europe. Investors, led by institutional shareholders (traditionally a quiescent bunch), have protested pay awards for top executives at several big public companies, and in some cases have overturned them.

  • 25 May 2012
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    Iranian Oil Deadline Looms As Sanctions On Tankers Curb Supply

    The European Union’s ban on Iranian oil shipments that takes full effect 1 July is curbing ship charters now because of the time it takes the vessels to deploy, load and deliver cargoes, the fleet’s biggest re-insurer said.

  • 25 May 2012
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    Lagarde Urges Gradual Deficit Cut As Voters Reject Austerity

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde called on developed nations to push through “gradual” fiscal cuts as voters in France and Greece rejected austerity as the sole fix to Europe’s debt crisis.

  • 11 May 2012
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    Commodities Close To Erasing 2012’s Gains On Europe, US Data

    Goldman Sachs reaffirmed its neutral near-term stance on commodities last month, citing European debt concerns and slowing US growth.

  • 11 May 2012
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    Facebook First Quarter Profit Drops As Costs Almost Double

    Facebook, the social network planning an initial public offering, said first quarter profit fell 12 percent as operating costs almost doubled.

  • 27 April 2012
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    IMF’S Lagarde Enjoys Funds Victory Exposing Rifts Over Europe

    Three months after waving her purse in front of global finance chiefs, Christine Lagarde filled it up with more than US$430 billion in pledges for the International Monetary Fund. She may not enjoy her victory for long.

  • 27 April 2012
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    Developer in China’s Zhejiang Goes Bankrupt

    Hangzhou Glory Real Estate Co. filed for bankruptcy last month, becoming the first developer in the country’s eastern Zhejiang Province to fail under the government’s property curbs, the China Business News reported, citing a court official.

  • 13 April 2012
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    UK Ready To Call In Army To Break Fuel Strike

    Speculators Under Fire Cut Bullish Gasoline Bets: Energy Markets

    Hedge funds cut bullish gasoline bets for a second week as rising prices curbed demand, spurring calls for regulation of energy speculation and putting fuel costs at the center of the US presidential election.

  • 30 March 2012
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    Japan Revival To Cap Stimulus As Analysts See Tankan Rebound

    The Bank of Japan’s Tankan survey is likely to show that big manufacturers have become less pessimistic, adding to signs of an economic revival that will bolster the case for capping stimulus measures this year.

  • 30 March 2012
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    Portugal Should Follow Greece’s Example On Debt Relief

    Greece has taken a big step toward getting the debt relief it needs to fix its economy and stay in the euro area. Now the question is whether other strapped countries that use the single currency should follow its lead.

  • 16 March 2012
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    ECB Special Lender Status Threatens Bond Backlash: Euro Credit

    The European Central Bank’s willingness to ride roughshod over bondholder rights risks pushing up borrowing costs for indebted governments by making investors less willing to lend.

  • 02 March 2012
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    Soy Stocks Fall Most Since 1996 Amid Brazil Drought: Commodities

    Global reserves of soybeans are shrinking the most in 16 years as demand for food, feed and fuel rises, creating the biggest-ever exports for US farmers.

  • 02 March 2012
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    Emerging Stocks Gain on Greek Vote, Outlook for China Stimulus

    Emerging-market stocks rebounded on 13 February from the biggest drop in more than two months after Greek lawmakers approved austerity plans and China’s premier said the nation needs to “fine-tune” economic policies, adding to speculation the government will take more steps to boost demand.

  • 17 February 2012
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    Main Street CEOs Hiring Marks Davos Divergence As Banks Shrink

    As chief executive officer (CEO) of a maker of spark plugs and wiper blades in the Detroit area, Jose Maria Alapont has struggled through the kind of collapse that few have experienced. His company, Federal-Mogul Corporation, spent six years in bankruptcy, slashing debt and jobs, to emerge just before auto sales plunged and some of its biggest customers, General Motors Corporation and Chrysler, also sought protection from creditors. With financial-services firms facing an upheaval of their own, Alapont says he can relate, yet he no longer shares the concern.

  • 03 February 2012
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    Asia Currencies Set For Best January Since 2006 On Fund Inflows

    Asian currencies were poised for the best start to a year since 2006 after investors poured money into the region to take advantage of higher interest rates and a faster pace of economic growth than in developed nations. Five-year benchmark bonds in Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea yielded 0.93%, 3.07% and 3.48%, respectively, compared with 0.75% for similar-maturity Treasuries. Malaysia’s central bank will probably leave borrowing costs at 3% on 31 January, according to all 15 economists surveyed by Bloomberg, more than the near-zero rates available in the US.

  • 03 February 2012
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    Goldman Sachs Wins Dismissal Of Overstock’s Short Sale Suit

    Goldman Sachs Group Incorporated won dismissal of Overstock.com Incorporated’s lawsuit alleging the investment bank manipulated short sales of the online retailer’s stock from 2005 to 2007, causing the shares to fall.

  • 13 January 2012
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    Pimco Sees More RBA Easing On China Slowdown, Budget Tightening

    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will have to cut interest rates further as China’s economic expansion slows, according to Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco), manager of the world’s biggest bond fund.

  • 13 January 2012
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    Crude Advances Amid Manufacturing Expansion, Tension Over Iran

    Oil climbed in New York after manufacturing activity in China and India expanded, while concern persisted that further sanctions against Iran may disrupt supply.

  • 12 January 2012
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    Yanzhou Coal Agrees To Buy Gloucester In A$2.1b Deal

    Yanzhou Coal Mining Company, China’s fourth-biggest coal producer, agreed to buy Gloucester Coal for A$2.1 billion (US$2.13 billion) in cash and shares to gain more mines and port access in Australia.

  • 30 December 2011
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    Indonesia Stocks To Gain 20% In 2012

    Indonesia’s stocks may climb 20% in 2012 after posting the third-biggest gains in Asia in 2011 on the prospect of credit-rating upgrades and increased infrastructure spending, said the nation’s third-largest fund.

  • 30 December 2011
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    ENN Energy, Sinopec Make US$2b Cash Offer For China Gas

    ENN Energy Holdings and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation offered HK$15.3 billion (US$2 billion) cash for China Gas Holdings to gain control of a fuel distribution network covering 20 provinces.

  • 16 December 2011
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    China Vice Premier Says Property Curbs To Stay

    Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang said measures introduced to control the nation’s property market are at a “critical stage” and that the government should maintain the curbs, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

  • 02 December 2011
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    Oil Rises From 2-Week Low on US Supplies

    Oil rose from the lowest price in two weeks after a surprise drop in US stockpiles, and as an unexpected advance in German business confidence countered concern that Europe’s debt crisis will trigger a recession.

  • 01 December 2011
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    Dollar Crunch Boosts Yen Debt Demand as S&P Warns: Japan Credit

    Currency-swap spreads are offering the biggest discount on yen loans in at least 14 years, supporting demand for Japan’s bonds even as Standard & Poor’s and the International Monetary Fund warn of its debt load.

  • 01 December 2011
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    Asian Stocks, Euro Advance On Europe Outlook, US Retail Sales

    Asian stocks advanced for the first time in four days, US equity-index futures climbed and the euro strengthened against the US dollar and yen amid speculation European policy makers are taking steps to stem the debt crisis and as America’s Thanksgiving retail sales jumped to a record.

  • 28 November 2011
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    Maybank Profit Surges To Record, Boosted By Kim Eng Earnings

    Malayan Banking Bhd., Malaysia’s biggest lender by assets, said first-quarter profit rose 25 percent to a record, boosted by higher net interest income and fees following its takeover of Kim Eng Holdings Ltd..

  • 24 November 2011
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    Malaysia’s Pavilion REIT Seeks Mall Acquisitions Around Asia

    Pavilion Real Estate Investment Trust, a Malaysian shopping mall trust part-owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, is seeking acquisitions within the country and throughout Asia to expand.

  • 24 November 2011
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    Hong Kong Dodges Recession As Europe’s Crisis Slows Exports

    Hong Kong’s economy grew 0.1% in the third quarter from the previous three months as low unemployment and tourists from China boosted consumption while Europe’s crisis dragged on exports.

  • 18 November 2011
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    Noble In Talks To Hire Ex-Goldman’s Alireza As CEO, WSJ Reports

    Noble Group is in talks to hire former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Asia-Pacific co-president Yusuf Alireza as chief executive officer (CEO), the Wall Street Journal said, citing an unidentified person familiar with the matter.

  • 18 November 2011
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